In the kitchen with juliyya: Chocolate Chip Chews with health benefits

Some may ask what health benefits could be in a chocolate chip cookie? The obvious health benefit is that most (all in my kitchen!) are made with semi-sweet chocolate chips. Dark chocolate has been scientifically proven (I believe in science!) to contain powerful antioxidants and may reduce some common health risks. Do a web search … More In the kitchen with juliyya: Chocolate Chip Chews with health benefits

New! Orange Pistachio Butter Cookies! Orange Minis! Mint Candy Brownies!

Stressed out? Try a nice brisk walk in the morning light and then bake the rest of the day. I’m calling it early St. Patrick’s Day gift pack for Mother and a couple other cookie testers. I was already on an “orange kick” a couple days ago when the decision was made after a phone … More New! Orange Pistachio Butter Cookies! Orange Minis! Mint Candy Brownies!

Dutch Apple Cake with Broiled Coconut Frosting & Chocolate Berry Mini Cake

It’s the birthday of my Dutch friend on the 24th and he and his family had just returned from a trip abroad last night, so I wasn’t sure if they’d be up for cake when my day started. Turns out they were, so I chopped a lot of apples and used my Dutch grandmother’s recipe … More Dutch Apple Cake with Broiled Coconut Frosting & Chocolate Berry Mini Cake

Sylvia is 91 today, a creature of habit.

Today, November 20th, is Sylvia’s 91st birthday and that is her birthday cake. It’s 2019. In 2018:  https://mschefinseattle.com/2018/11/17/2-cakes-for-sylvias-pre-birthday-party/ In 2017:  https://mschefinseattle.com/2017/11/21/german-chocolate-cake-for-sylvias-birthday-she-turns-oopsie-into-comic-gold/ “Sylvia, what kind of cake would you like for your birthday?” I used the classic and widely available Baker’s German Sweet Chocolate recipe for the cake and frosting, her favorite, year after year. I … More Sylvia is 91 today, a creature of habit.

New! Maple Pecan Praline Joneses with Maple Penuche Frosting

These are the most labor-intensive and time-taking of my Joneses, but I knew they would be when I dreamt about making them. Using the maple pecan pralines* I made a couple days ago in the batter and the maple penuche frosting brings an exquisite cookie for a special occasion. This one is in honor of … More New! Maple Pecan Praline Joneses with Maple Penuche Frosting

“Boy Version” Coconut Dream Bars, Recipe

First thing this morning, while the coffee was brewing, I was cutting the parchment for these cookies. They’re also known as Hawaiian Dream Bars* in my family, another of my mother’s favorites. I didn’t put butterscotch chips in these, so the coconut is the star. If you’re wondering why I’ve provided them a gender-defining name, … More “Boy Version” Coconut Dream Bars, Recipe